April 29, 2009 Leave a comment
The influenza strain linked to 152 deaths in Mexico should be called “swine flu,” the World Health Organization said, rejecting calls from pork producers and an animal-health group to rename the virus.
The flu strain that has sickened people in Mexico, the U.S., Canada, Spain, New Zealand and Scotland hasn’t been observed in pigs and appears to advance through human-to-human transmission, Bernard Vallat, the head of the World Organization for Animal Health, said in an interview yesterday.
The nominal link to pigs has prompted Russia and China to ban pork imports from Mexico and parts of the U.S., while Indonesia plans to destroy imported pork and other swine products. Thailand has told officials to call the strain “Mexican flu.” At the World Health Organization, the malady is called “swine flu” because the virus is of the type that affects pigs, said Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director general for health security and environment. Read more of this post